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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

886 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 168
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A style of ale that was fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hop, hops, and more hops! This ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmasters choice.

Known as Red Betty IPA in the United States.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-10-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Aggro, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

MidwestBA, May 02, 2014
Photo of WantonFaun
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have tried some great IPA's, and this one is among them. The problem: many Canadian liquor stores have ordered these in bulk, not realizing that IPA's tend to have a best before date. A swift look beneath the can will reveal the bottling (canning) date.

I presume that some of those who've recently posted reviews were likely tasting releases bottled well over 90 days ago. I've tasted some of these, and the difference between that and a fresh batch is astounding.

Let it be known that Red Racer, when consumed within the 90 day period, ranks among the best of them.

WantonFaun, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

jamvt, Apr 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Bf_89, Apr 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

cam477, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

esto, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Phlebas86, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of RedSunRising
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two-week-old bottle from their new brewery poured into an IPA glass. Purchased for $7 at B's Craft Beer Lounge in Langley, BC.

Appearance - Pours an almost-clear orange-yellow with a nice finger of white head. Bubbly.

Smell - Big pine/citrus hop flavors, lemon-lime undertones and a mild malt graininess

Taste - Just like the nose, the big pine/citrus come across up front, bitterness throughout and lingering on the palate at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium-high carbonation. Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy. Wonderful hop oily-ness is present and I'll attribute that to the freshness of the bottle, as I haven't noticed that in the other bottles I've had.

Overall - A fantastic IPA. Well balanced and stands out amongst the many other IPAs out there. One of the best BC has to offer.

RedSunRising, Apr 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

ArrogantPrick, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Highly touted beers don't often live up to their hype, so Bucky was a little wary when he bought a can of Red Racer India Pale Ale ("RRIPA") at his local LCBO. RRIPA came in a 355 ml can, with a beautiful 1950's style cartoon of a pretty redhead riding a bike. I'll have to add a bit to this beer's rating just for the visuals on the can...probably the coolest I've seen to date! The bottom of the can was stamped with an April 27, 2012 production date and an August 25, 2012 "best before" date...a nice touch in providing both pieces of information, and the first time I can recall being given both. RRIPA was 6.5% alcohol by volume.

RRIPA is produced by Central City Brewing Company, which was named the Best Brewery in Canada at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards. The brewery is located at 13450 - 102nd Avenue in Surrey, BC, with RRIPA being by far its best seller. Central City began its life as a brewpub, but subsequently added a canning and bottling line.

The beer poured a slightly hazy, orange/gold colour, with the orange hues becoming more noticeable when backlit. An aggressive pour produced about 1/2" of off-white, lightly orange tinged head which dissipated to a thin collar after 3 minutes, leaving a surprising amount of lacing down the glass given the collar's small size. The aroma from the can was an intensive combination of tropical fruits, dominated by grapefruit, but with discernable notes of pine, pineapple and tangerine. A wonderful aroma, but it left me with the distinct impression that I was about to consume a serious hop bomb. The beer's flavour began with bitter grapefruit, giving way to a slightly sweet combination of pine with hints of pineapple and tangerine. RRIPA finished with a distinct bitterness, which seemed to become more noticeable as the beer warmed. The bitterness continued as a long lasting aftertaste...too long lasting given my dislike of lingering aftertastes generally, and bitter ones specifically. Ideally, RRIPA could use a bit more caramel malt to better balance its bitterness...but otherwise, a solid IPA. I would describe RRIPA as medium bodied, with its 6.5% alcohol contenting helping to heft it up a bit. The level of carbonation is modest, but well suited to the brew.

At $2.55 per 355 ml can, I'd consider RRIPA to be a bit on the pricey side, but worth the occasional splurge.

BuckyBeerBeaver, Apr 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ElsieFI, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Burt, Apr 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

sdm9465, Apr 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Beervana, Apr 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Niceroad77, Apr 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

st9647v3, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Justindouglas7, Apr 03, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance:
amber,orange, not entirely clear.
pours with some gravity, lands into one finger of solid foam
poured it a couple min ago , to let it settle in, and its head is still foamy and not dissipating, this is one of the longest staying heads ive seen..
lacing is thick and leaves rings for each drink.

smell:
immediate note of cascade hops, followed by some sweet grapefruit, and a bright
yeasty note like home made bread with citrus jelly. very sweet nose. amazing
brightness , the smell is strong and immediate, citrus cascades.

taste:
other reviews Ive read have said the bitterness was the most forward
part of this beer's taste, for me , its bright resinous hops, a burst of sharp dank hops
followed by the citrus flavour so obvious from the nose, then it levels down to
the bitter flavour, but its sweet into the aftertaste, complex, but not overdone.
it has a heavy almost orange peel flavour from the resins in the fresh hops.
the cascade hops are very present throughout. but balanced well by some other hops,
which they didnt mention on the can.

mouth:
surprisingly flat and easy drinking for the level of hops used,
and the slightly higher ABv, it starts off a bit foamy and levels down to a bitter
almost dry sort of aftertaste which lingers for a long time, fives of minutes even.

overall:
I generally avoid the whole range of IPA, as its not a style I've enjoyed often.
but hearing such high reviews of this ale I picked one up, and I had decided that
even if it isnt my preferred style, something scoring so highly must be worth trying,
I am still not a huge fan of this style of beer, but I am glad to have bought this one.
as its sort of redefining how I thought this style could be presented.
I've tried numerous IPA from various local craft brewers and other shelf stock,
and always found them to be overstated, and just disgustingly bitter or sour.
as I review more I have been finding exceptions to every style,
rarely do I find one so drinkable as this beer, mind you it isnt something I will
be drinking often, but if I find myself in the mood for something citrus and complex
but still very drinkable , this beer will be a go to.
the higher ABv isnt something i normally look for, as it often heats up the beers taste.
but this has been balanced perfectly in this beer, and it compliments to the style.
an enjoyable complex beer with a higher ABv , I will be buying this again.

ghisty, Mar 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Chazz_Chetly, Mar 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

PeterSimmons, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

scameron, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

oilcan01, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for $2.50. Served at 6deg C in a tall glass.

A- Very good. Unfiltered. Excellent 1" head that tapers out to film after a couple of minutes

S- Excellent. Hints of cascade hop, grapefruit and yeast

T- Excellent. Very good bite on the tongue for a simple IPA. Not too bitter or hoppy.

O- Excellent! Will buy again now that it's a very reasonable price

Food Pairing

This wonderful small IPA paired well with... Egg salad sandwiches!

Enjoy

DaveBar, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Sonofalime, Mar 17, 2014
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.